The Victorian ABI Support Network
The Victorian ABI Support Network is a 12-month (July 2019-June 2020) NDIS funded project being run by BIM, United Brains and By Accident. It aims to decrease social isolation and improve health and wellbeing as a result of people with ABI having more control in their lives through better information, more social relationships, growth and development (learning, employment), and empowerment through contributing to issues facing the ABI community.
The project has both organisational and individual capacity building activities. The individual capacity building activities aims to build confidence, skills and knowledge of people with ABI, and put them in touch with peer support groups, if they are not linked already. Organisational capacity building activities are focussed on strengthening BIM, United Brains and peer support groups to improve their effectiveness and sustainability, through training and resources. The aim is for the Victorian ABI Support Network to be a strong voice of people with ABI.
The project team is based at the BIM office in Ross House. Please drop in and say hello!
The ABI Wise App Project
In 2018 and 2019, BIM led a project to build the world’s first App about brain injury, made by people with brain injury. It was successfully launched in March 2019, and it has been well received across the world. It is now available to download for free for all mobile phones and devices. You can read more about our ABI Wise App here as well as watch the video of our Launch event.
The Lodden Mallee project
In July 2018- June 2019, Brain Injury Matters ran a project in the Loddon Mallee region called ‘Social Media, The Broader Picture’. This was with the support of Bendigo Health and DHHS ILC funding. This project connected with many ABI peer groups and service providers throughout the Loddon Mallee region, and provided social media training. The experience of ABI is often very isolating, and living in rural areas can increase such isolation. This project aimed to support and build capacity of people with ABI to lead independent lives, as well as contribute to communities and support networks in the region.